Published: June 13, 2013   |
Updated: June 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM
TAMPA – Fire departments have long been known for getting cats out of sticky situations. Tampa Fire Rescue did its part to keep the stereotype alive Wednesday, rescuing a kitten that became wedged between walls at a downtown Tampa parking garage. A security officer at the Twiggs Street Garage was alerted by a customer who heard a cat “crying,” about 11:15 a.m., the city said in a news release. The garage staff searched and found the kitten stuck in a narrow crevice between two parts of a wall on the second floor. Firefighters were called, and with help from police officers “gently retrieved” the hidden kitty, the city said. The cat was placed in a cardboard box, then in possession of Hillsborough County Animal Services. The feline was evaluated by a veterinarian, the city said. According to Animal Services, the kitten would be available for adoption at petharbor.com, with reference No. 042919. The five-floor garage is at 901 E. Twiggs St., adjacent to the Hillsborough County Courthouse. Word of the rescue spread fast after images of the stuck cat and rescue were passed along on the city's Twitter account. “#WallKitty is out! Fire station ENG 1 responded,” the city tweeted.